Hemorrhoids are painful lumps that develop either internally or externally around the anus. They’re the result of repeated pressure on the veins surrounding the rectum and pelvis.
While external hemorrhoids are easily identifiable, internal ones may cause a range of problems before you even recognize that you have them.
Although hemorrhoids can be downright uncomfortable, they rarely cause severe medical problems. Even so, they can make sitting difficult, especially for extended periods of time, and may also lead to constipation. Internal hemorrhoids may cause blood or mucus in the stool.
Hemorrhoids are formed when you push down on your pelvic floor or strain to have a bowel movement, and can easily be caused by chronic constipation.
Hemorrhoids can also occur during childbirth, as the mother is straining to push during delivery. You may also develop hemorrhoids by putting pressure on the muscles of your rectum.
In many cases, Dr. Gaston recommends treating hemorrhoids with an over-the-counter or prescription hemorrhoid cream. Over time, this cream reduces the swelling, causing your hemorrhoids to shrink.
If your hemorrhoids are severe, Dr. Gaston offers an in-office procedure for fast and painless relief.
The CRH O’Regan SystemⓇ is a nonsurgical approach that cuts off the blood supply to your hemorrhoids, causing them to shrink and fall off within a few days. It’s safer and more effective than traditional hemorrhoid banding and has more than a 99% success rate.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Gaston may suggest a hemorrhoidectomy, where he removes the inflamed tissue, and then staples your tissue into position to stop further hemorrhoid growth.
If hemorrhoids are being a pain in your butt, it’s time to take a stand. Call Dr. Gaston’s office today to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.
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